Whelp, that was quick.
The Y: The Last Man live-action series based on the lauded comic book series is already cancelled, according to Deadline. This in a little over a month since its debut on Hulu.
Showrunner Eliza Clark broke the news on Twitter.
in a statement, Clark wrote, “We have learned that we will not be moving forward with FX on Hulu for Season 2 of Y: The Last Man. I have never in my life been more committed to a story, and there is so much left to tell… We don’t want it to end.”
“FX has been an amazing partner. We have loved working with them, and we’re sad Y: The Last Man is not going forward at FX on Hulu. But we know that someone else is going to be very lucky to have this team and this story. I never experienced the remarkable solidarity of this many talented people. We are committed to finding Y its next home. #YLivesOn,” Clark added.
Clark is hoping that the #YLivesOn hashtag will show executives on other streaming platforms that there’s legitimate interest in the series. But it’s very hard to trust trending hashtags on Twitter, as they’re often manipulated by passionate fandoms.
Based on the award-winning Vertigo comic book series of the same name, Y: The Last Man focused on the aftermath of a catastrophic plague that killed all men on the planet, save for one — Yorick Brown — and his pet monkey Ampersand .
The Y: The Last Man FX adaptation navigated current year gender identity politics. In the live-action series, showrunner Clark made a point of saying that it wasn’t being a male that saved Yorick from death. It was his Y chromosome.
“Gender is diverse and chromosomes are not equal to gender. And so, in our world — in the world of the television show — every living mammal with a Y chromosome dies. Tragically, that includes many women; it includes non-binary people; it includes intersex people.” Clark assures that Y’s creators “are making a show that affirms that trans women are women, trans men are men, non-binary people are non-binary, and that is part of the richness of of the world we get to play with.”
A new character, a trans man named Sam Jordan, was created specifically to drive this point home. Sam Jordan did not appear in the comics, and some comics journalists applauded his inclusion as the original comic book as “more worryingly, [the comic book series] implied indirectly that gender identity is a matter of choice.
While it’s unlikely that gender and identity politics led to the premature cancellation of the series, the reviews were lukewarm from both series fans and critics alike.
At the end of the day, watchtime is king when when it comes to streaming. And it probably just wasn’t attracting a large enough audience to warrant its budget.
Maybe it’ll find a new home on HBO Max, as it’s based on a DC Comics project?
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